Among those who work with AIDS organizations, lesbians occupy the margins. In the gay community, communites of color and in the health care industry, the contributions of lesbians to the work against AIDS goes unacknowledged ... This is my attempt to learn from and give voice to lesbians of every race, ethnicity and religious heritage who have chosen to walk with this storm. - Abstract. Topic: AIDS (Disease) -- Religious aspects
Although there are a number of valuable books on the general topic of children’s literature, either in German-speaking countries or in the United States, there is no book which analyzes this literature from the view point of liberation, support, and suppression. As a former teacher of literature and religious education I have a special interest in language and questions of theology. Language can be a means of support when it is used for claiming justice, but at the same time it can hush up... Topics: Storytelling., genealogy
An attempt to look at Eucharistic liturgy through the lens of Indian street theater, with the hope that the latter will suggest specific ways to re-form the performance of Eucharistic liturgies so that they may more effectively mediate the sacramental promise of liberation/salvation. --Abstract. Topic: Street theater--India
In 1979 conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) staged a successful coup and gained total control of the denomination. Ministers who were not “loyal to the party in power” either left the new, conservative SBC or were chased away. This thesis uses interviews with W. Randall Lolley, Ginger Barfield, Anna Anderson, Molly Marshall, and Mona West to describe their journeys into and out of the Southern Baptist Convention. Also told is the story of the author, Cindy Savage-King.... Topics: :Southern Baptist Convention--History--20th century, Southern Baptist Convention--Controversial...
The goals of the thesis: To identify the ways in which Liberal Feminism points or fails to point the way to Feminist Liberation. -- To discover what personally, institutionally, societally, and intellectually blocks and facilitates white, middle-strata feminist Presbyterian clergywomen in moving more consistently toward Feminist Liberation. -- To uncover the limitations and risks of feminist Presbyterian clergywomen continuing to affirm and use a Liberal Feminist analysis as a foundation base... Topic: Presbyterian Church--Clergy
The questions that have informed my journey have been posed in light of profound relationships with remarkable people who happen to suffer from a very strange and difficult disorder. Their journeys have been fraught with uncertainty and have put tremendous emotional strain on family and friends. In seeking answers to my questions, I was invited to witness their personal struggles to maintain some form of connection with the very pulse that gives them life. Though our walks have differed, our... Topic: Alzheimer's disease -- Patients -- Religious life
This master's thesis will offer two models to examine worldviews for human survival: the Titanic and the Ark. I conclude that the Ark represents the preferable worldview from an ecological perspective and argue that it is the basis for a more egalitarian view of laity in the church. I also suggest similar such studies as the basis for lay-led Christian formation activities centered on Creation care. Topics: Ecotheology, Human ecology--Religious aspects--Christianity, Animals--Religious...
My thesis will explore the healing power found in the union of sexuality and spirituality... sharing evidence of how it is transformational in the lives of queer people, and demonstrating whre evidence of it can be found in scripture. -- Abstract. Topic: Metropolitan Community Church
This study of economics and concrete realities expressed through Latin American liberation theology has confirmed my belief in and intrigue with the inseparability of economic analysis and a theology of liberation... The power of Latin American liberation theology lies partially in its ability to wholeheartedly address the socioeconomic realities of the everyday lives of the people who populate Latin America. – Abstract Topic: Liberation theology
This thesis reviews five specific examples on Unitarian Universalist architecture in the past decade. A guiding question for my study of these buildings has been whether or not these worship spaces and churches reflect the identity of the religious communities they shelter. To begin with, I will provide a brief and general overview of the historical and contemporary contexts of these buildings. A brief history of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist architecture provides an... Topic: Unitarian Universalist church buildings--United States.
With a primary focus on the Isaiah texts from the librettos of Adams's musical work [El Nino], this thesis will document how the texts are used to tell the story of the nativity. -- Abstract Topic: Oratorios
A presentation of the experiences of Taiwanese women in the Christian church as a small contribution to Taiwanese Christian women and to the global women's movement. - Abstract. Topic: Christianity--Taiwan.
This thesis … will examine the challenges of the Perpetua text itself; … consider the importance of dreams and dream theories in the ancient world; explore the modern interpretations of Perpetua’s dreams; … present the author’s alternate interpretation, focusing on the use of women’s dreams as a means of empowerment … will explore how the lessons how the lessons learned from the study of Perpetua’s dreams have impacted my ministry as a trustee and fund manager. I will propose... Topic: Perpetua, Saint, d. 203.
"Episcopal female clergy leaders of African heritage: trailblazers and colleagues" is a two part work focused on two groups of women and their stories, spiritual formation, ministry and struggles. The first part consists of interviews with five of the first eleven African American women ordained as priests in the Episcopal Church. The second section looks at the ministry of some of my colleagues, whose paths I have crossed during our ministry, who have or are working in all or... Topic: African American women--Religious life
This study will help to prepare lay and ordained ministers in the Episcopal church to notice the exclusion of African-Americans from visual art in worship space. My observations about what I found and what was missing in visual art in various churches led me to write this thesis. This study is designed to meet the current need for Christian education and to prepare ministers to lead worship in liturgical space that is true to the evolving demographics of Episcopal parishes. Newcomers may arrive... Topic: Art and religion.
... a brief glimpse of how the story of Jesus might have appeared to a woman disciple who, unlike any of the canonical evangelists, was an eyewitness to many of the events of his life, death and resurrection, as imagined by a late twentieth century feminist. -- Abstract Topic: Bible.N.T. Gospels--Feminist criticism
Good genes: Emerging Values for Science, Religion and Society is a group study guide and resource book for ethical deliberation and discussion about issues raised by recent developments in molecular biology, genetics and technology as these effect humankind. Everyone who makes choices or decisions which affect our own lives and the lives of others, and this includes all of us, has experience in ethics and therefore should be invited to approach this curriculum as equals, as learners from each... Topic: Medical ethics
This thesis focuses on the racial and religious identity development of second-generation Kerala Christian Americans belonging to the Church of South India (CSI) congregations in North America. The primary purpose of this study is to develop ways to carry out ethnic youth ministry that would be sensitive to the ethnic identity formation of second-generation young people. In the exploration of such a ministry, this study makes the assertion that ethnic identity development of these young people... Topic: Church of South India--United States.
Drawing on over three years of ministry in the virtual world of Second Life as a case study, this thesis explores the question, “Is online ministry ethical and effective for the spiritual development of individuals in the formation of a faith community?” We explore why many people are suspicious of the possibility of relating to others in virtual reality. Addressing the obvious issues of perceived and real anonymity, we consider how virtual relationships are similar and different to... Topics: Metropolitan Community Church, Virtual reality--Religious aspects, Second Life (Game), Shared...
The aim of this thesis is to examine the global environmental crisis that has escalated in the last decade, and to explore what people of faith, specifically people adopting Buddhist and Christian ecofeminist views of the environment, can bring to the moral dilemma. --Abstract. Topic: Ecofeminism--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Hildegard of Bingen, famous in her lifetime as a prophet and composer of music, poetry, and books, left a collection of sermons which she had given to her nuns. The purpose of this paper is to locate these sermons within the culture in which they were performed, to examine how Hildegard uses symbols in the composing of these sermons, and speculate on how this knowledge might help preachers effectively and ethically evangelize. The particular lens through which I will conduct this analysis will... Topic: Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179
To test the theory that the Book of Common Prayer can be a vehicle through which the Church can engage any difficult and contentious issue, my thesis will focus on the development of a dialogue through liturgy that could lead the Church to a theology of Christian Marriage that is inclusive of both heterosexual and homosexual persons. -- Abstract Topic: Marriage--Religious aspects--Episcopal Church
This thesis explored the practice of hospitality and how the church and its institutions can recover the age-old practice of hospitality in an era of market church survival. This essay is not so much a “how to do it” cookbook, although it tis grounded in experience and context, as it is ammunition in making the claim that church institutions and organizations can be transformed into living centers of mutual empowerment.-- Abstract. Topic: St. John's Episcopal Church (Wichita, Kan.)
The author proposes a, “Reading in Retreat,” a three day retreat based on one of Hildegard‟s most holistic symbols- viriditas, greenness, the effective presence and working of the Holy Spirit in creation and in our spiritual lives.8Viriditas belongs to a group of symbols (a symbol cluster) that evoke wholeness and salvation. The retreat explores the symbol itself, how Hildegard uses this symbol, and how it supports a healthy spirituality. By focusing on a particular symbol, we can learn... Topics: Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179, Spiritual life, Spiritual formation
Metropolitan Community Churches, and other queer-affirming congregations, are communities of faith for a population that is at once privileged and oppressed: privileged, because those who self-identify as queer are often from the middle and professional classes, and oppressed because of the social and religious anti-queer stigma that is still a very large part of the dominant culture. Because of this oppression, it is predictable that congregants will, to some extent, experience feelings of... Topic: Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches.
This essay is an exploration of narrative theology as a theological development of the twentieth century, and it suggests connections to and implications for pastoral ministry in the specific area of pastoral counseling. -- Abstract Topic: Narrative theology.
An attempt to explain how ritual acts can exist in the Gopel of Philip, a test that constitutes a component of a gnostic theological discourse in which created material being is evil. --Conclusion (p. 42). Topic: Philip, the Evangelist, Saint
The thesis will address the question - what can we do to mitigate the tragedy of over 20,000 of our fellow human beings dying every day in the developing world due to hunger, disease, exposure, and neglect.--Abstract. Topic: UN Millennium Project
No one (according to my research) has written about personal transformation with social transformation as the mission of the parish. No one has overlaid social transformation onto personal transformation in the context of parish life and mission. Theologian Richard Rohr (who forms much of his work from the spiritual insights of Thomas Merton) says, “true Christian spirituality requires both an inner journey to the depth of the soul and an outer journaey to the broken of society. Where the two... Topic: Grace Episcopal Church (Millbrook, N.Y.)
This thesis will serve those who read it as both an “introduction” and an “invitation” to feminist theology in providing a sampling of insights from a range of feminist theologians that may offer encouragement for the readers to further investigate the works written by them. This thesis is also an invitation offered to those women and men who week after week worship in their local churches only to walk out of these institutions frustrate, confused, angered, marginalized and searching... Topic: Women--Religious life--United States.
To investigate the spirituality of women at mid-life who had made a significant decision concerning their identity and allegiance, one that had changes the course of their lives … In part, an effort to record and reflect the process of making /discovering the meaning of an important period in my life. -- Abstract Topic: Feminist theology.
Another way of putting this is I am not speaking of discovery. Rather, it is revelation. Something existed in the situations of some people in a certain place long before I found it and declared it important to me. I am in the vulnerable position of colonialist. The northern world is finally hearing indigenous native peoples describe the devastating results to them of being “discovered” by European colonizers. Whatever there is in my discernment, therefore, must be honored as a fragile... Topic: Church work--Community outreach.
When we began I was looking for an experience in liturgy that would transform me into someone capable of living justly and compassionately. And I was an Episcopal priest with responsibility to see that sacraments happen. And now? The same. With a blind, formless, sniffing hunch that there is a way of acting, a performance, a gesture? that can turn us to the death and resurrection that creates every possibility for a life restored … The point! That we’re that close, all the time, to some... Topic: Spiritual life--Christianity
Biblical reading strategies are continually emerging for oppressed peoples, including Latina/os and LGBT folk. The indigenous principle of nepantla (middle space) serves as a distinct and profitable hermeneutic in defining the unique queer Latina/o experience and opens the door to beneficial biblical reading strategies. When using queer experiences of indigenous Mesoamerica to inform and expand cultural memory, queer Latina/os are able to develop biblical reading strategies that affirm rather... Topics: Metropolitan Community Church, Bible--Hermeneutics, Hispanic American theology, Hispanic American...
In this paper I will look at pedagogical models that make space for mutual support and encouragement, interactive dialogical learning, respectful conversation and the formation of community within the learning environment. These principles are described as feminist and anti-oppression in their focus particularly because they value the voice and opinion of all and specifically make space for marginalized opinions, views that do not coincide with the values and focus of dominant cultural... Topic: Feminist liberation theology--Study and teaching.
In this thesis I have explored the need of middle school children in Manchester for “a place” to “hang out.” Toward that end, I have also explored my own life path and the reasons I know that I am called by God to work for “a place’ of these children in Manchester. I have concluded that there are overwhelming theological, ethical, and social imperatives supporting this goal. Nonetheless, I have also concluded that Manchester has a long history of shortchanging its children. This is... Topic: Church work with teenagers--Massachusetts--Manchester.
"The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States (TOCCUSA) is a fledgling church in the Catholic tradition establishing its identity in the United States. As a nascent organization, it presently lacks the structure for educating its clergy. Currently, most of the clergy and membership were formed in the Roman Catholic Church and because TOCCUSA envisions a more inclusive, welcoming and contemporary Catholic Church, a new model of ministry better reflecting its ethos is desired.... Topics: Old Catholic Church in America, Catholic traditionalist movement, Independent Catholic Churches,...
The focus of the thesis is on the ethical foundations of Miriam Van Waters' penology, the process of locating those values entails a braid of several disciplines: biographical research, historical research, and Christian social ethics. -- Abstract Topic: Van Waters, Miriam.
In this thesis I have tried to illuminate the importance of using a different historical imagination in revisioning our traditions and history. A different historical imagination enables us to ask new questions, and they, in turn, lead us to further expansion of even more different historical imaginations. In my search for a different historical imagination, I have also tried to illustrate the importance of who tells what stories and how they are told. This is because stories have a strong... Topic: Martha, Saint.
The truism that clergy are human includes the facts that clergy are just as prone to suffer the kind of life-crisis that other people suffer as they face the change of perspective of the second half of life. The point of view from which this thesis proceeds is that life-crisis will not be prevented by excellent formation early in a person’s ordained life, but that good early formation could mitigate some of the worst effects in later years. Secondly the Church has a role to play in taking... Topic: Episcopal Church--Clergy.
The thesis of this paper is that the solution to the world’s hunger crisis is not, simply, to increase production, try and curb the world’s population growth, and deal with the periodic food shortages and famines by giving food, technology and trade assistance. After having done extensive research, I have concluded that hunger in the world today is caused by the means of production and by the unjust structures of distribution in the modern, capitalist, agricultural system. It is my... Topic: Hunger--Religious aspects--Christianity.
In a society and culture slowly awakening to the impact of rampant individualism and self-serving action, the quest for “community” has become a central focus of life for many people here in these United States. I particular, the concept has been picked up by the Christian churches as they reflect on the “communal” foundation of their faith, as they understand it. It is the contention of this paper that much of what is sought and understood as “community” falls short of the... Topic: Incarnation.
This thesis is born out of the belief that we, each and every one, have an innate ability to shed all that is earthly and “to be” in Sacred space i.e. to be one with the Divine. Whether this occurs ona mountaintop, a city street, a holy site, a church, a synagogue, mosque, or temple or at seminary; whether it involves rituals, sights and sounds belonging to a specific place; or whether it can be found in the absence of all of the above, are questions that I seek to answer through my... Topic: Vincent, Charlene.
The primary purpose of this project is to draw on … different disciplines in order to analyze and critique two particular films [Thelma and Louise, Do the Right Thing] within the context of theology and ethics. -- Abstract Topic: Thelma & Louise (Motion picture)
The major premise in my thesis is that Jesus’ universal paradigm of ministry liberates and re-creates Confuncianized Koreans. It is symbolized in the new worship model of observing all that Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:20. My assumption is that a worship form should be considered as culmination of ministry or symbolic of a ministerial system. – Abstract. Topic: Jesus Christ--Teachings
What does it mean to transport the methodology and insights of feminist liberation theology into another venue? Specifically, can my faith community, Metropolitan Community Church, benefit from a theology of liberation constructed using feminist liberation theology as a model? I believe the answer is an unqualified “YES!” I came to the Episcopal Divinity School to study theology from within my own context and praxis of Metropolitan Community Church; and I hoped to begin to construct a... Topic: Metropolitan Community Church--Liberation theology.
Recently, I spent nearly five months on mission pilgrimage in Aotearoa/New Zealand … During my mission I had the honour of spending a good deal of time within Nga Tikanga Maori, the Maori branch of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. I listened carefully to both verbal and non-verbal communications regarding identity and theology; seeking the ways in which persons and communities interface their Christian faith with their personal and communal realities. As I worked,... Topic: Maori (New Zealand people)--Missions.